Proposed academic calendar offers special programs

Apr 27, 2012 By Christina George, Staff Writer

Fremont County School District 21 superintendent Richard McClements is proposing a 2012-13 academic calendar that would offer enrichment opportunities for Fort Washakie School students.

"I got the idea when I heard one of our residents say they were relocating their child to another school because we don't have gifted and talented programs," McClements said. "I believe kids need these kinds of programs, for example chess. This gives them enrichment opportunities, which makes school fun."

McClements said the programs would be twice a month and focus on fitness and exposure to sports students usually do not get to participate in, such as tennis.

If the Board of Trustees approves the calendar proposal, next school year will consist of early releases on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Students would be released from the classroom at 2:30 p.m. to attend programs supervised by paraprofessionals and support staff until 3:30 p.m.

During the enrichment time, teachers will attend meetings, work on individual educational plans and meet as teams.

"It would benefit students and staff," McClements said.

The Board of Trustees tabled the proposed calendar during its meeting March 21.

"The board felt they needed more time to look at it," McClements said.

Trustees are expected to revisit the topic at its meeting April 11.

Other aspects of the proposed calendar include beginning the academic year for students Aug. 21 and continuing cultural nights once a month. Also, teachers would arrive at work by 7:45 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. and leave at 3:45 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. to allow more staff to make medical and dental appointments in Riverton and Lander.

There would be 177 student days, which includes an extra day in the event of weather or an emergency.

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